Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007 | Yesterday it came to light that the city/county did not do its job as it relates to the use of military air support to fight fires. County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Mayor Jerry Sanders appeared before the media spinning the issue to put a good light on it, but the real issue is this is a turf war between individuals who really do not have safety of the citizens as their first priority.
Until Mr. Turko of KUSI brought the issue before the public, the military air was not going to be used. Even now it is limited by bureaucratic issues. Our government (Congress, state, county and city) promised the citizens that they would fix this issue after the Cedar Fire — so much for integrity and promises. The governor should relieve the person that would not sign off on the use of this air asset. If one person dies because of this decision, criminial action should be taken.
Our mayor, City Council, and supervisors promised that this issue would be resolved, they failed. They did not follow through to make sure these assets would be available in these type of crisis. How can we ever trust any of them? Turf disputes at the expense of property and human life need to stop. That would be strong government.